With a less than perfect state of current affairs in the world, one young man is making a difference by helping others.
For some time now, Form 9 C student, James Feitelberg along with the help of his classmates and staff at Cayman Prep (his school) and St. Ignatius have supported a couple in the town of Palakkad, India.
It started when an Indian member of staff at St. Ignatius learned about a special couple while visiting her home town.
The pair had both faced their own personal tragedy, after loosing a child enroute to the hospital to give birth. This led them to decide to make a difference by rescuing children from the streets and providing them with a loving home and family.
James, who was visiting St. Ignatius and heard about the couple’s plight, initiated a programme of his own to help. Coincidentally, at that time his class had just begun a project on poverty.
He and his teacher Nicola Sowerby, along with other classmates then began a weekly venture to raise funds for the couple in India. They began by making bracelets and selling them and having weekly bake sales every Friday with cookies young James made himself.
The Indian couple have now outgrown their tiny home, which houses over a dozen children and is rapidly running out of space. However to date, the young man and his team have raised over CI$800 and are standing by, ready to assist.
The money will be sent to India shortly, in addition to a large donation from St. Ignatius’ charity fund to help with a new building.
According to Miss Sowerby, the sale of one bracelet can feed the family for an entire day.
She proudly praised young James for his efforts, ‘It is not the first time he has helped out. He also assisted a child in need of heart surgery,’ she remarked.